The game of Renju started out in Japan many years ago, since about 700 A.D. to be more precise. The game was then often known as Go-Moku but also other names such as Gobang, Morphion, Kakugo and many others. Today Renju is a hugely popular game, and there is even a World Championship in Renju held every second year. The last time it was help was in 2015, so this year of 2016 there will be no championship.
In the year of 2015, the winner of the World Championship of Renju was Qi Guan from China, and the championship was held in Suzdal in Russia. You can see the results in the picture below. There was a total of 66 man to man games during this championship and as always it was a very exciting event.
As you can see, most players in the top positions come from wither China, Russia, Japan or Estonia – and these are considered among the top countries for the game of Renju. Perhaps this is because of the origin of the game, but it is also nice to see that Russia and Estonia are such big Renju countries. If you want to get more info on these statistics, please take a look at the International Renju Federation´s webpage.
There are still many upcoming tournaments in Renju being held this year, and some of these are Kyoto Classified Tournament, Open Swedish Team Championship, 42 Tokal Championship and Tallin Open. If you are a serious player, you can´t miss these big events. There will of course be another Renju World Championship next year of 2017, but little is known at this point about the event. We over at Renju.nu will have our eyes open and report as soon as we hear any more news about the next world championship. Until then, we hope that you find some interesting info here at our webpage. You can contact us if you have any questions. Play safe out there, and come back soon for more about the wonderful game if Renju!